Monthly Archives: March 2013

Board Room

So this may come as a surprise to all of you, but I go to fair number of bars.  Shocking, I know!  ‘Girl with a bar blog frequents bars’ isn’t exactly a headline.  This does mean that it takes a little something extra to hold my attention.  The X factor can come in the form of games/activities, awesome happy hour deals, special events, kickass food, etc.  Located north of Dupont Circle, Board Room offers extra pizzazz through its gaming atmosphere.

As soon as you enter, you can see the stock of games locked up on the right just waiting for a happy home with a group of friends for the evening. On the left are a handful of tables and as you proceed straight back you notice a seemingly endless bar.  The other side of the bar offers a small area with a couple more tables, a jukebox, and an arcade table.  Because this first level clearly does not have enough table space to accommodate enough board games, there is an upstairs with more tables.  With a few TVs lining the wall upstairs and the carpet, people can make themselves cozy on the floor when chairs are all taken.  The first time I went to Board Room, I commented to my friends that it felt as if we were hanging out in someone’s living room or basement.  I had gone with a couple girlfriends and we watched an epic Nats game (yes, that horrible last game of the season) while playing Uno.  Rail drinks, if memory serves me correct, ran $5.50 each.  My most recent visit to Board Room once again had some great sports viewing of March Madness.  This time I kept to $6.50 cider.  They had Strongbow on tap so I was pretty pleased.

Most of us are well aware that offering games to bar patrons is not a novel concept, but few bars surround their entire theme around playing board and card games.  Board Room carries over 20 types of games.   Be warned that these games are not free.  For a nominal fee ranging from ($1 to $5), you can rent a game of your choosing.  Don’t worry folks, the fee is not based on length of rental, but rather popularity and complexity of game (in terms of game pieces).  Last weekend, I enjoyed some quality games of Jenga, Taboo, and a surprisingly difficult Trivial Pursuit.  Given the wide variety, you are likely to find the most popular games here, but patrons are also permitted to bring their own game if you fear they do not have what you’re looking to play.

Board Room is an awesome bar to come with a small or large group of friends.  If you come with a larger group, you may have to wait a little bit to find an available table, but it’s worth it.  Reasonable drink prices for Dupont with a laid-back atmosphere, Board Room is definitely recommended for watching sports too.  For those of us with ADD and only want the game on in the background, this is the perfect compromise.  Since my only experience here has been with Friday and Saturday evenings, I only know it to be a fairly crowded and popular gathering place.  I could easily imagine it to be more relaxed during the week for happy hour and a good environment to relax after a long day at work though.

Many of you have probably heard me rag on Dupont before, but this is certainly not a bar I would classify in the typical Dupont bar category.  I am glad to say this bar is nothing like Public or Sign of the Whale (gross). If you find yourself in this neighborhood and not wanting to run around pretending like you’re 20 years old, but still have a fun time, Board Room is a good option.  The jenga we played last Saturday even had dares on the pieces to up the stakes a bit.  Unfortunately, I did not live up to my end of the bargain of dancing on a table, haha.  Next time 😉

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District of Pi

Silly me, I almost forgot all about another important holiday this past week – Pi Day!

For those of you with your mind in the gutter, this took precedent over Steak and BJ Day, which falls on the same day, haha.

After looking at a sparse list of events on Going Out Gurus, it was decided that District of Pi was the perfect place to play catch-up with a couple friends.

District of Pi

Arriving slightly after 6pm, the place was packed.  Clearly, we weren’t the only nerds in DC with the plan of celebrating here.  Big shocker, a city that’s been called Nerd Hollywood takes Pi Day seriously.  Entering District of Pi, you are greeted with a long bar to the left and a few small tables across from it.  If you walk through the bar area you will find a larger seating area and even further back there are stairs that lead up to a second bar area. Since the first bar was packed with no signs of anyone budging from their seats, we decided to head to the much smaller upstairs bar. This bar just so happened to be the location of the pi memorization contest.  Entrants ranged from 8 year olds to middle-aged men.  Yes, we were super pumped to watch this event!  I compared it to the excitement of the national spelling bee – the anticipation, the drama.  If you’re questioning just how nerdy I am right now, I don’t blame you, but in fairness, you were the one that kept reading after seeing ‘Pi Day’ haha.

What’s nerdier than entering a pi recitation contest?  Being fan girls of people entering the contest.  We quickly ordered up a happy hour cocktail ($6 – vodka, agave, lime, herbed fancy named drink).  These were quite tasty – refreshing, but with a definite kick.  They reminded me of something that you might find at a cocktail bar for a heavier price tag, but still just as potent.  District of Pi actually has other locations in St. Louis that I was lucky enough to attend in a visit there a couple years ago.  The St. Louis location placed a lot of pride in their mixologist’s talents; this seems to be a theme of the establishment.  Anyway, back to Pi Day!  As the competition started, the kids gave it a good try, but were quickly defeated by the adults.  My friend and I chatted up one entrant that we thought for sure would win when he said he had memorized 150 numbers….damn. I’d just like to reference how nerdy DC is again, but memorizing 150 numbers into pi was not enough to win.  Crazy.  Cognitive psychology tells us that the average working memory can only store 7 items, give or take 2 items, so clearly these people are ridiculous (don’t worry, I won’t present more psychology nerd knowledge on this even though I want to, haha).  I’m not sure how many numbers the winner was able to remember, but he was reciting numbers at a fast pace for what seemed like 10-15 minutes.  Either way, if you intend to enter next year folks, you should expect some stiff competition.   After viewing such a stunning display of sportsmanship, we ventured back downstairs to get some pi(e).  This was my second time attending District of Pi.  The first was for a girls’ night of ‘broing out.’  While my friends seem pretty pleased with the modest draft list, the cider selection was a little thin.  Opting for an Original Sin Cider ($6), I was still pleased because I do enjoy that one and the price was fair enough.  Because of the ridiculous crowd, we did have a long wait for seats at the bar and for the pizza.  A small pizza (Kirkwood- $18) was the perfect amount for two of us to split.   Luckily, some seats freed up just about when we got the pizza. Devouring our pizza over some lovely girl talk and beer/cider, this was a great second Bro Night.  Now the nitty-gritty, for those of you attached to authentic Chicago style deep dish this may not be the place for you.  I’m fairly naïve when it comes to deep-dish, but I this is of the St. Louis variety with a corn meal base – personally I love it.  One of my roommates from Chicagoland does not approve so much, haha.  If you want to stay in the bar areas, I would recommend keeping your group size at a maximum of 4.  Otherwise, it might be difficult to find seats together/non-awkward standing space.  There is always the option to dine-in at a larger table, but you definitely lose the bar atmosphere that way.  Overall, I definitely see this being in my regular repertoire of bars for the Gallery Place/Metro Center area.

Good news readers, I don’t want to get TOO ahead of myself, but with warmer weather approaching, that means I become more adventurous and stop hiding under my rock/in the gym, haha.  This *should* translate into more bar reviews and stories of my crazy shenanigans for you to read 🙂

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